High School Sports

Trojans' protest falls on deaf ears

Northwestern athletics director Bill Warren called the South Carolina High School League on Wednesday to protest the Trojans' 48-47 loss to South Pointe a day before.

"It's over and done with,'' Warren said. "I was told by the league that there were no grounds for a protest.''

In question were the final 2.7 seconds, with South Pointe holding a 48-47 lead. Zach Beaver had the ball out of bounds under the Stallions' basket after a couple of made free throws. He was heavily fronted, so Will King stepped out of bounds on the right side of the basket and took a pass from Beaver.

The clock started, which it shouldn't have because the ball was never in play, when King caught the ball, and after King's inbounds pass and one dribble, the horn sounded.

After huddling more than five minutes, the referees cleared the court of fans. They decided that 1.4 seconds should be put on the clock and Northwestern should get the ball at half-court.

On the throw-in, South Pointe's Tre Erby went high into the air and grabbed the pass to end the game.

• TOP 10: The defending Class AAAA state champion Fort Mill boys' team stayed on top of the latest Class AAAA poll released by the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association. The Yellow Jackets are 18-0 and play at Rock Hill tonight.

The only other ranked boys team is Great Falls at No. 3 in Class A.

South Pointe's girls held on to the No. 3 spot in the Class AAAA poll. The Lady Stallions are 20-1. Indian Land's girls, last year's state runner-up, are No. 5 in Class A.

• BILLINGSLEA: Fort Mill football standout Chris Billingslea made an official visit to The Citadel last weekend and was offered a scholarship, which he accepted.

Billingslea, son of Melvin and Ginger Billingslea, was a four-year starter for the Yellow Jackets.

He was named to the All-Region 3-AAAA team and was a first-team Herald All-Area selection. Billingslea, a 6-foot-5, 255-pound defensive end, had 13.5 sacks this season. He made 67 tackles, seven for loss.

Verbal commitments are non-binding. Players can officially sign on Feb. 6, National Signing Day.

• WRESTLING: Lugoff-Elgin made a good showing in the inaugural Carolina Duals last week at Rock Hill High School, winning the JV tournament and placing second in the middle school competition.

The Demons defeated Summerville for the JV title. Rock Hill was fourth after its loss to Lake Norman (N.C.).

Lugoff-Elgin knocked off Sullivan in the semifinals of the middle school tournament, but lost to Chapin in the finals. Chapin advanced to the championship match with its win over McCracken.

The tournament was organized by Hank Hammond, a long-time wrestling official and the director of Rock Hill's Rebound School. Hammond called the duals the last piece of the puzzle for JV and middle school wrestlers after years of staging an individual tournament for those age groups at Rock Hill High.

There were originally 40 teams entered, 28 middle schools and 12 JV teams. The numbers went down to 32 -- 24 middle school and eight JV -- after cancellations because of the snow possibility. All but two showed up, both in the middle school division.

• BASEBALL: The South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association has released its top 10 polls for the state's four classifications.

The only Herald-area teams to make the poll were Great Falls (No. 6) and Lewisville (No. 10) in Class A.

The No. 1 teams heading into the season are: North Augusta (Class AAAA), Riverside (Class AAA), Bishop England (Class AA) and Landrum (Class A).